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County Information

Founded October 27, 1849
Seat Hastings
Largest city - Eagan

Dakota County is named after the Dakota Sioux tribal bands who settled in the area.
The name is recorded as "Dahkotah" in U.S. Census records until 1851. . . continued
Source: Dakota County Government - Submitted by John Bauer

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Apple Valley
Burnsville
Coates
Eagan
Farmington
Hampton
Hastings (part)


Inver Grove Heights
Lakeville
Lilydale
Mendota
Mendota Heights
Miesville
New Trier


Northfield (part)
Randolph
Rosemount
South St. Paul
Sunfish Lake
Vermillion
West St. Paul

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - CURRENT TOWNSHIPS - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Township Histories Include First Settlers, Office Holders, Etc.

Castle Rock Township Douglas Township
Empire Township
Eureka Township
Greenvale Township

Hampton Township
Marshan Township
Nininger Township
Randolph Township

Ravenna Township
Sciota Township
Vermillion Township
Waterford Township

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - FORMER TOWNSHIPS - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Once all land of a township is annexed by towns and cities, township government ceases to exist.
Below are Dakota County's former townships linked to their early histories.

Burnsville Township
Eagan Township
Hastings Township

Inver Grove Township
Lakeville Township
Lebanon Township

Mendota Township
Rosemount Township
West St. Paul Township


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Website Updates:

AUGUST 2017
OBITS: John O'Connel, Mamie O. Maddocks, John McQuillan, James Mathews
MILITARY: Soldier News - Francis B. Etherridge
CRIME: Emanuel Stapf, Victim, Sam Short, Michael Cunningham
COURT: A. M. Hayes, John Duke, John Clotter
NEWS-VISIT: Julia Cordozo, Mamie Gibbons, Jessie Vine
KAPOSIA: People - Big Chief Samuel Lowenstein, Maggie Brass

JULY 2017
OBITS: Ada Jones, Albert Jacobson, Tony Johnson
CHURCHES: 1863 W. H. Humphrey, 1863-Baptist Meeting
KAPOSIA: Recollections of Augustin Ravoux

JUNE 2017
ANNIVERSARIES: Mr. and Mrs. William Harrington
BIOS: Philip H. Clague
BUSINESSES: Minnesota Sugar Company, J. P. Brandenbourger's, Exchange Bank
COUNTY FAIR: 1863 County Fair, planning articles, awards, etc.
COURT: Hosmer vs. Kelley
DEATHS: Additional ~ 450 death notices
MARRIAGES: Moes-Eyth, Birmingham-Sweeney, Sharp-Jane, Hatch-Brott, Davidson-Warner, Schroeder-Doeberiner, White-Foster
OBITS: Mrs. J. M. Silver, Mrs. Casper Schilling, Mrs. Peter Schneider, Mrs. Peter Smith, James A. Smith, Sidlinski Boy
NEWS-COMMUNITY: 1904-Egantown Smallpox Outbreak, 1882-Dynamite Explosion, 1913-Sibley House, Postal Stats
NEWS-FIRES & CALAMITIES: 1938-School Bus Accident
NEWS-ILLNESS/INJURY: C. J. Brockner, James S. Malloy, Prudent Fournier
POOR FARM-NEWS: Herman Fossback, Paul Bruno, 1880 New Poor Farm, 1884 Row
POOR FARM-OBITS: Obits - Ferdinand Foss, George Ryno, William Hinkel
NEWS-CRIME: A. Murrell - submitted by Robin Line
OBITS: Adam Laschlinger submitted by Robin Line
NEWS-FIRES & CALAMITIES: 1914-Train Wreck submitted by Robin Line

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